Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Over/Under- Phillies Bench

The Phillies first Spring Training game was played today against the Blue Jays, meaning we're about a month away from Opening Day. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench). Today the we focus on the offensive reserves, the bench.
  

Bench: Wil Nieves, Darin Ruf, Bobby Abreu, Kevin Frandsen, John Mayberry Jr., Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Ronny Cedeno, and Tony Gwynn Jr. Obviously all these guys won't make the team outta Spring Training, but most can be counted upon to make an appearance during the 2014 season.

Pros: Good at bats versus lefties from Frandsen, Ruf, and Mayberry.

Cons: Predominantly low on base percentages, lacks pop outside of Ruf, little versatility outside of Galvis, not much of a left-handed threat.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Phillies Bench:
.235/.665, 105 R, 43 DBL, 32 HR,100 RBI, 10 SB.


WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Phillies Offense:
.261/.719, 705 R, 252 DBL, 35 TRPL, 140 HR, 663 RBI, 107 SB.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Over/Under- Marlon Byrd

Spring Training games are just around the corner, and the 2014 season is quickly approaching. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today the we focus on deja vu rejuvenated right fielder, Marlon Byrd.


Pros: Coming off a career year, solid defense, right-handed pop, returning to the team that drafted him back in 1995 and has something to prove.

Cons: Old, coming off a career year (yep, both a positive and a negative), PED suspension in 2012.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Marlon Byrd:
139 G, .273/.764, 65 R, 28 DBL, 15 HR, 74 RBI.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Over/Under- Ben Revere

Spring Training are just around the corner, and the 2014 season is quickly approaching. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today the spotlight shines on our speedy center fielder, Ben Revere.


Pros: Fast, hits for average, bats left but can handle lefties, he's one of the few Phillies that are on the good side of 30 (25 years old).

Cons: Absolutely no power, as in he can't even drive the ball for doubles, and he takes bad routes in the outfield.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Ben Revere:
153 G, .292/.684, 97 R, 15 DBL, 5 TRPL, 0 HR, 42 RBI, 43 SB.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Over/Under- Domonic Brown

Everyone has reported to Spring Training, meaning the 2014 season is quickly approaching. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today we check in on our budding young star of a left fielder, Dom Brown.

Pros: Has power, young enough that he can still develop, strong arm, decent speed (although he doesn't swipe bags).

Cons: Takes horrible routes to the ball, health concerns, prone to prolonged slumps, has only 3 good months in his entire career.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Dom Brown:
149 G, .276/.811, 74 R, 28 DBL, 26 HR, 89 RBI, 7 SB.

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Over/Under- Cody Asche

The 2014 season is approaching and WSBGMs is getting ready by previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today we rub the crystal ball to look into Cody Asche's future.


Pros: short compact swing, hustles, aggressive, and plays his ass off (people liken him to a young Chase Utley).

Cons: Unproven, is going to strikeout a lot, poor pitch recognition which leads to low on base percentage, and has Maikel Franco breathing down his neck.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Cody Asche:
138 G, .263/.724, 65 R, 22 DBL, 12 HR, 61 RBI, 8 SB.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Over/Under- Jimmy Rollins

Spring Training is officially upon us and WSBGMs is gearing up for the 2014 season by previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today's subject is franchise's longest tenured player, J-Roll.

Pros: Charismatic, smart on the base paths, continues to make the routine plays, is compiling some nice career totals for a shortstop, has something to prove.

Cons: Power is nearly gone, range has deteriorated, low on base percentage, doesn't routinely give 100%.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Jimmy Rollins:
147 G, .261/.703, 91 R, 32 DBL, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 21 SB.

Friday, February 14, 2014

R.I.P.- Jim Fregosi

Major League Baseball lost one of its good guys today, as Jim Fregosi died at the age of 71 after suffering multiple strokes last night.  Phillies fans remember him as the man at the helm of the '93 World Series team.  He was also one helluva shortstop back in the day with the Angels, Rangers, Mets, and Pirates.  A career .265/.736 hitter with 151 HR over 18 seasons and a 6 time All Star.  He also managed the Angels, White Sox, and Blue Jays with a career 1028-1094 record (1991-1996 with the Phillies, 431-463 record).  He's a baseball lifer, having spent time as an advisor and scout with various organizations throughout the years.  Rest in peace Jim.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Good & Bad News- Brought to you by Burnett/Hamels

Good News:
AJ Burnett has signed a 1 YR/$16M deal with the Phillies that has a mutual option for 2015.  While it's true that Amaro has added yet another aging player to the roster, this time he was wise in doing so.  Allan James Burnett is a 37 year old right-handed starting pitcher that has been with the Marlins, Yankess, Blue Jays, and Pirates over his 15 year career that began in Florida back in 1999.  Career record of 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA/1.32 WHIP over 2353.2 innings.  He was great in Pittsburgh the last 2 years: 26-21, 3.41/1.23, 393.1 IP, 389 K, and only 29 HR allowed.

I feel AJ will be loved by fans, because he pitches with a fiery determination and has the mound presence of recently retired Roy Halladay. This also creates competition in the rotation.  Burnett, Hamels, and Lee are locks, and KK probably is too.  However, should he slip, any of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (the enigma from Cuba), Pettibone, and Fausto Roberto Carmona Hernandez will step in.  Bonus- he's now officially a Phucco!

Bad News:
Cole Hamels is 8-10 days behind schedule and announced he will not be ready for Opening Day due to shoulder/bicep tendinitis.  Translation- he'll need surgery and only make 5-7 starts in 2014.  Seriously though, this is worrisome.  The man has logged a lot of innings and the Phillies have invested tons of money in his arm.  Get well soon Cole!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Over/Under: Chase Utley

WSBGMs is gearing up for the 2014 season and will be previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today's subject is the city's sacred son, Chase Utley.


Pros: Hustles his ass off, smart and aggressive base runner, likes to get his uniform dirty, remains solid defensively, franchise lifer.

Cons: Has brittle knee syndrome, his range is declining, has not played in more than 131 games since 2009.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Chase Utley:
137 G,  .274/.813, 92 R, 29 DBL, 4 TRPL, 15 HR, 74 RBI, 12 SB.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Over/Under- Ryan Howard

Over the next month or so, WSBGMs will be previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today subject is our lumbering first baseman, Ryan Howard.


Pros: Has natural power, drives in runs, and hits right-handed pitching well.

Cons: Makes $25M a season, oft-injured, can't hit lefties, horrible defensively, clogs the bases.

WSBGM 2014 Projections for Ryan Howard:
131 G, .249/.784, 66 R, 25 DBL, 23 HR, 84 RBI.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over/Under- Carlos Ruiz

Over the next month or so WSBGMs will be previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench).  Today we kickoff with the man donning the tools of ignorance, Chooch.

Pros: Handles pitching staff with authority and poise, excellent at framing pitches, solid defensively, does well batting in the bottom third of the lineup, fan favorite, franchise lifer.

Cons: 50-game suspension in 2013, old for a starting catcher, constant source of nagging injuries.

WSBGMs 2014 Projections for Carlos Ruiz:
116 G, .266/.678, 41 R, 21 DBL, 7 HR, 45 RBI.

Monday, February 03, 2014